Chapter 10

Current bioanalytical tools for water quality assessment

Which type of bioassays are preferred from a risk perspective? Those that target molecular initiating events or those that assess cellular response or toxicity?

Is it possible to compare the effects if the two water samples are characterized with different reporter gene assays but have a common nuclear receptor?

The activation of the arylhydrocarbon receptor using the AhR CALUX assay is one of the most popular assays for water quality assessment although the AhR CALUX is traditionally known as the bioassay for detection of dioxin-like chemicals in sediment, biota and animal feed. What is different when applying this assay to water as compared to sediments and tissues?